At a Glance
- Superb beach resort located in south Goa
- Opens out to a wide, sandy beach
- Lagoons weave there way through the resort
- Opt for the exclusive Club Wing for the best rooms and suites
- Interconnecting options for families
The Leela Goa is probably the most luxurious beach resort in Goa, and is located on the southern tip of Goa and Sal River ensuring that the beach here is relatively quiet and unspoilt. It takes about 45 minutes from the airport to get to The Leela Goa. The hotel’s impressive facade draws on 18th century Portuguese (who ruled Goa) and ancient Indian Vijayanagaran architectural influences. As with most hotel’s in Goa, they have to built back from the beach, so they have installed a pretty 12-hole golf course between the beach and main section of the hotel. Here you find meandering lagoons that separate the accommodation, ensuring all rooms have a view over the lagoon. To the side of the Leela, you find the exclusive Club section where you find the best rooms, some with views over the golf course towards the sea. All rooms have all the mod-cons you would expect such as flatscreen TVs, DVD players, in-room safe, minibars, WiFi, room service and are finished to an excellent standard. All rooms have bathtubs and showers.
The rooms at the Leela come in all shapes and sizes. Let us take you through them; the Conservatory Premiere Rooms are the lead-in category and look out over the lagoon, but do not have any outdoor space. Instead, they have a small day room that can be drawn at night to accommodate an extra child. The Lagoon Terrace Suites sacrifice this day-room and have a balcony overlooking the lagoon. Moving up, the Lagoon Suites have their own living room, along with two balconies, and could be ideal for families. The Lagoon Deluxe Suite is larger still, and again has its own living room. Moving to the Club Wing, the Club Suites have partial views over the golf course and the sea beyond and have ample living areas. The Club Pool Suites are the same size as the Club Suites, but come with a private plunge pool, again with the chance of partial golf/sea views. The two top Villas are superb, the Royal Villa with two bedrooms and plunge pool and the Presidential Villa with three bedrooms and larger private pool. Both these suites look out over the golf course and sea. For guests staying in the Club you have your own exclusive Club Lounge, private pool and butler service.
There are a total of six restaurants and bars at the Leela Goa, so you will be well fed and watered during your stay at the Leela. Choose all-day dining at The Restaurant, speciality Indian cuisine at Jamavar, Italian on the banks of the Sal River at Riverside, on the beach at Susegado, breakfast and light snacks beside the pool in The Bar and afternoon tea and late night cocktails in Yali. Cuisine is varied, and extensive, and half and full board options are available. That said, there are a few local ‘beach shack’ restaurants just a few minutes walk down the beach, and a few restaurants in the nearby town if you want something a little more local.
The Spa at the Leela Goa has a range of treatments on offer, and specialises in Indian Ayurveda as well as international treatments. For avid golfer, we have to admit the 12-hole course is more of a pitch and a putt with terrible greens. It might however improve your short game. The main pool is large and inviting, and the added bonus of having a kid’s pool means it avoids getting too busy. There are three floodlit tennis courts as well as options for a spot of croquet and badminton.